This recipe for wedge salad crostinis came to me in a dream. Before you leave because I sound like a complete freak, let me explain.
So, you probably need a bit of back story. I’ve been watching this ridiculously sad show on ID (it’s a real channel) called Disappeared. Basically, it’s all about people who vanish without a trace. Yup, very depressing right? For some reason, I’m addicted to it even though it scares the bejesus out of me and I have horrid nightmares every night. I know, I’m not well. ANYWAY. So, two nights ago I watched two episodes after I got home from a long day at the winery. That coupled with one (read two) glasses of red wine led to the most bizarre dream I’ve ever had.
My husband and I were in some prehistoric place near a beach. Like, there were a ton of rocks and the restaurant we were dining in had canvas over it to shield it from the elements? I know. So, we were eating and I was just very unimpressed with the menu. So, I said out loud “This food isn’t that great. I’m not impressed.” Well, the chef heard me and was a bit irate. Can I also say that the chef looked like José Andres?
Well, this chef had never heard criticism before because he basically told me he was going to kill me. It was this giant production and he had planned my execution day. Well, for some reason, him and I were walking on the beach and I just decided to tell him how I felt. I told him the reason his food wasn’t that great was because it was boring. A boring wedge salad with dressing, blech. So then I gave him some advice. Change it up and get new customers. How did I suggest he change it up, you ask? By turning his beloved wedge salad into a bite size crostini.
I couldn’t even make that up if I tried. That is what my brain conjured up while I was deep in my REM sleep. A murderous chef who wanted to kill me. Safe to say, my life was spared and I was awoken a few minutes later. I usually only remember like 75% of my dreams but this one was so vivid I remembered every last detail, including how I made this infamous wedge salad crostini. So, clearly, I ran to the store yesterday morning, bought the ingredients and made this before I went to work. I was 100% hesitant because, well, it was a weird a** dream. So, I took a giant bite and just DIED.
I mean, what’s not to love? It’s an amazing wedge salad on a crispy crouton! I gobbled three more down before I offered some to my husband. Honestly, these are incredible. Each bite is bursting with amazing tomato, bacon and blue cheese flavor. I’m so glad a crazed murderous chef gave me the inspiration.
You are now free to judge/leave/laugh at my expense.
Yields 8 crostinis. Dressing makes 1/2 cup.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 10 minutes
For the salad:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
About 1 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
About 5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
8 slices of French bread
Green onion for garnish
For the dressing:
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
1/4 cup ounces blue cheese
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon light milk
Dash of salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the French bread slices on a baking sheet and brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 6 minutes.
Make the dressing by mixing all of the ingredients together (except the blue cheese) in a large bowl. Using a spatula, carefully fold the blue cheese in. Add additional milk if dressing is too thick.
Heat cooking spray in a medium size skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent about 3 – 4 minutes. Add cherry tomato halves and cook until soft. Remove from heat.
Carefully mix the tomato & onion mixture with the iceberg lettuce. Dress the salad with about 2 – 3 tablespoons of blue cheese. Save the rest of the dressing for a later use (or more crostinis). Top each slice of bread with two tablespoons of salad mixture. Then, add a few crumbles of bacon to the top and garnish with green onions.